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July 30
7:07 AM 2013

Google enlisted the help of film students to explore how Google Glass can be used to make documentary films, character development, location-based storytelling as well as "other things" the company has not yet considered.

The device looked like a pair of glasses, except that it has picture taking, video recording, and Internet search, in addition to its movie making, capabilities. The US$1,500 headset was reported to be already in use by 10,000 "explorers".

These film students were from five colleges, namely American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California. Each school will be lent three pairs of Google Glass.

"We're kind of looking at it as, 'How can we push this to tell stories rather than just sit on a cool Disneyland ride and broadcast that out to people?'" Norman Hollun, a professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, said. "This excited us in a lot of ways," he added.

Google Glass purportedly used liquid crystal from Himax Technologies, wherein Google acquired a 6% stake. Himax Technologies had a market cap of US$876.7 million during the acquisition. However, as of July 25, 2013, the company's shares lost 3.18%  at US$7.60. This was after oscillating between US$7.54 and US$7.95.

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